Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 24th, 2012
Lindsay Selby takes a look at the noteworthy saga of the “water cow” of Scotland’s St. Mary’s Loch. She begins in scene-setting style:
“James Hogg (1770 – 1835) wrote in the ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ about a water cow that lived in St Mary’s Loch. The Loch was created during the ice age and is the largest loch in the Borders area. According to local legend it is thought to be bottomless. It is situated on the A708 road between Selkirk and Moffat, and is approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) long and half a mile (1 kilometre) wide. The Loch rarely freezes over and may be the coldest loch in Scotland. (NB the loch is unlikely to be bottomless and it was reported to be 150 feet ( 50 meters) deep by some people).”
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